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Report: NBA official Courtney Kirkland tests negative for coronavirus

NBA cancels games due to coronavirus

Fans leave the Golden 1 Center after the NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was postponed at the last minute in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The league said the decision was made out of an “abundance of caution,” because official Courtney Kirkland, who was scheduled to work the game, had worked the Utah Jazz game earlier in the week. A player for the Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


NBA official Courtney Kirkland has tested negative for coronavirus, according to a report from ESPN.

Kirkland was at the center of the swirl around the NBA’s COVID-19 precautions on Wednesday night. Kirkland worked the Jazz-Raptors game on Monday night. That game featured Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who have both tested positive for coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Kirkland was scheduled to work the Kings-Pelicans game in Sacramento. That game was postponed moments before tip-off.

Kirkland has been in Sacramento since, but is now cleared to leave and return home. Kirkland had self-isolated since taking the test on Thursday.